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Beaded Earrings

If you were to stalk my Pinterest right now you would see that I am a little OBSESSED with beaded fringe earrings right now, and was so excited to give them a try. I can’t lie, I was a little nervous at first, but was pleasantly surprised that they really aren’t that hard to make. So grab some beads, and let’s get to making!

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Create for a Cause – The Snuggles Project

Each month Think Crafts will feature an organization needing handmade items from crafters – like you! This month our focus is the Snuggles Project, a program of the Hugs Society – a nonprofit 501(3)(c) charitable organization.

What is a Snuggle?

The Snuggles Project definition is “a security blanket for shelter animals.” These blankets, or other comforting projects, provide a calming effect for frightened animals which in turn makes it more likely they will be adopted. As you can see below, some animals prefer their Snuggles to the bed the animal shelter provides!

The Snuggles Project website offers crochet, knitting, sew, and no-sew patterns. Snuggles may be small blankets to be used as a blanket, mat, or bed. They can be made of yarn, fleece, or fabric.

Suggested sizes are:

  • 14″ x 14″ for cats and small animals
  • 24″ x 24″ for cats and small to medium dogs
  • 36″ x 36″ for medium to large dogs

 

Not all the donated projects need to be blankets – some are “tubbies” made of yarn…

 

or toys.

Participants in the 22-year-old Snuggles Project program make Snuggles with the intention of donating them to an animal shelter to provide comfort and security to a homeless pet. The Snuggles Project website provides a state-by-state (and international) list of animal shelters accepting Snuggles donations. There is a printable donation form to accompany the Snuggle to increase awareness of the program. The Patterns FAQs answer many questions about appropriate projects and donation sites.

Why make a Snuggle?

There is joy in making and giving something which will provide physical and psychological comfort at a time when an animal feels the most vulnerable and hopeless. Snuggles can be a family, group, and intergenerational effort – the no-sew blankets can be made by children and seniors. The Snuggles Project does offer a membership (not required) which allows participation in the Snuggles Project Facebook Group and the Members Area.

Ready for a simple, fun project? Want a quick project to try out a new stitch or technique? Imperfections won’t matter to the animals. Someone is waiting for a Snuggle!

 

Easy Stamping with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

There are many reasons I love rubber stamps.  The artwork on the front, how they make a really great stamped impression, and the old-fashioned feel you get when you use one.  The only difficulty can be when you want to place the stamped image in a certain spot on your project, but cannot tell if it’s going to be where you want it to be.  Unlike clear, acrylic stamps, you cannot see through the top to know where your image will stamp.

That’s where the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig comes in.  This handy tool is so easy to use.  For today’s project, I’m going to be using one of my small wooden stamps to create a background on the front of a note card.  I’ll show you how I get perfect placement every time.

The first thing you want to do is line up the plastic sheet that comes with the tool into the corner of the tool.  Be sure you have the smooth side facing up.

Then, using a dark ink, stamp your stamp up against the corner on top of the plastic sheet.

Remove the stamp and the tool, and place the plastic sheet on top of your card arranging the image where you want it.  In my case, I used a 3.5”x 4-7/8” (4-bar) note card.  I used some Post-It Tape to mask off the back of my card to prevent ink from getting on that part.

Line up your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to the corner of your plastic sheet……

….and replace the plastic sheet with the inked stamp.

Repeat the process again, with the plastic sheet moving it to the next area you want to stamp on the card.

Continue on creating your background, placing the image at different angles and off the card for interest.

When you are finished, peel off the Post-It Tape and color in your images.  I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers because they do not bleed through the paper.

The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is such a fun tool to use and it’s useful for all sizes of wooden stamps.

Thanks for joining me today!

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

Can you believe it is Monday already. The weekend flew by! Now it is time to announce this weeks winner! Congratulations to… Tammie K! Enjoy your new heat tool!

We R Memory Keepers USB Heat Tool Kit includes a heat tool, fusing tip, wood burning tip, and tool stand. Use the fusing tip to make seams in plastic, and create custom page protector layouts. Use the wood burning tip to create customized wood embellishments.

The winning answer to “Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cupcake or eating the cupcake first?” is…

“Like the cupcake and icing together. The more frosting the better!”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Ask the Experts – Embossing & Glitter

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

 

Q:  How can I leave part of my card base plain when I’m using an embossing folder?

A:  If the design of the embossing folder does not have to be centered in a particular way, you can place the folder from the side of the base inwards.  If it does have a pattern that depends of the direction, place the folder in between your embossing plates so that only the plates cover the part of embossing folder that you want to have the pattern added and do not cover the part that you want left plain.

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Free Stuff Friday!!

It’s another fabulous Friday. I hope you all are doing great and got to be crafty this week, but let’s get right to the giveaway.  This week we are giving away a We R Memory Keepers USB Heat Tool. Good luck!

We R Memory Keepers USB Heat Tool Kit includes a heat tool, fusing tip, wood burning tip, and tool stand. Use the fusing tip to make seams in plastic, and create custom page protector layouts. Use the wood burning tip to create customized wood embellishments.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced on Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cupcake or eating the cupcake first?

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

We hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day! We’ve got one more gift to give away today, so let’s get right to it! Congratulations to… Shelly! Enjoy your DecoArt Pouring Medium and Topcoat!

ps. I want to see pictures of your creations!

DecoArt Pouring Medium. A fluid additive specially formulated to enable paint to flow easily across a surface. It thins paint to the ideal consistency, creates cell effects, and reduces cracking and crazing. It will not slow down the drying time, alter the color, or lessen the adhesion of paint. Mix with Americana Acrylics to create stunning effects on canvas, wood, or other art surfaces.

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DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat. Create a smooth, high-end finish with this pouring topcoat. Dries to a lacquer-like, high-gloss finish. Ideal for canvases, wood panels, or other flat art surfaces. This one-step formula eliminates the need to mix harsh chemicals and flows into a self-leveling, crystal clear coat that will not yellow, leaving your artwork with its original vibrance.

The winning answer to “If you were the eighth dwarf, what would your name be?” is…

“I’d be “Penniless” cause I spend to much on crafting.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

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